The Karachi consulate attacks are a string of attacks against and plots to attack against the U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan during the War on Terrorism.
The consulate is a tempting target for Islamic fundamentalists, because it occupies a slightly vulnerable position in downtown Karachi, next to the Marriott Hotel and accessible from two sides by roads. As Pakistan has a large devout Muslim population, there are also many supporters of these Islamic organisations, which include many members of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda ousted from Afghanistan in 2002. Because Karachi is on the Southern coast of Pakistan, security is believed to be less strict than it is in Northern cities like Islamabad, and so targets there are considered more vulnerable than elsewhere by terrorists.
... four people and injured thirty outside the Marriott Hotel in Karachi, which is about 20 yards from the consulate ... the direct target of the bomber, who detonated his vehicle in the car park behind the consulate as Foy arrived ... The bomb was reported to be the most powerful attack of its kind in Karachi, and it left a two metre crater in the car park and destroyed at least ten nearby cars ...
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